There are 12 Star Wars movies, plus countless more television shows, holiday specials, animated series, comic books, novels, and video games. But if you want to understand what the saga is really all about, you just need to watch three scenes: The fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, the fight between Luke and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, and the battle between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker.

Each of these three scenes speak to the others (they rhyme!) through their use of choreography, framing, lighting, color, and their distinct use of different elements, including air, fire, and water. In the video essay below, we compare each of these crucial scenes from three different Star Wars trilogy, and show how they explain the entire saga in a handful of minutes:

If you liked our video on the three most important scenes in all of Star Wars, check out some of our other videos below, including all the Easter eggs in Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 1, our comparison of Return of the Jedi and Rise of Skywalker, and all the Easter eggs and secrets in the season finale of The Mandalorian. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. New episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch premiere on Fridays on Disney+. Every Star Wars movie is streaming there as well.

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